- 1 month ago
The growing movement to change the name of the Washington Redskins football team has scored a surprising victory. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the team’s trademark registration after concluding its name and logo are disparaging to Native Americans. The decision does not force the team to change its name, but it could make it more difficult to legally guard the name and logo from use by third parties. The team can reportedly keep the trademark while they appeal. But Native Americans and other critics of the Redskins’ brand have hailed the ruling as the latest sign team owner Dan Snyder will inevitably be forced to drop it. We are joined by two guests: Amanda Blackhorse, a Navajo activist and plaintiff in the case, and sportswriter Dave Zirin.
- 1 month ago
A California tribe bought commercial airtime during Game 3 of the NBA Finals to hammer home its stance on the Washington D.C. football team name and Native peoples. Two minutes of diverse images culminate into one statement: “Native Americans call themselves many things. The one thing they don’t…” the voice over says before showing the Washington NFL team’s helmet
Last December, Native American photographer Matika Wilbur embarked upon a journey with a staggeringly ambitious goal — over the next few years, she hopes to photograph members of every single Native American tribe. There were 562 recognized by the federal government when she started (and 566 now), hence the project’s title: Project 562.
- 3 months ago
For all the shit we give wrong idiot Dan Snyder, there’s really no question that Cleveland’s Chief Wahoo is clearly and by far the most ridiculous mascot in sports. A bunch of fans have been “de-chiefing” their gear for a few years now. This guy went the other way.
The caricature of the Native-American “chief” isn’t going away completely though.
It’s a step